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Pig Symbolism & Meaning

Are you rooting around trying to find the treasures in life? Have you forgotten how to have fun? Is it time to get more connected to Mother Gaia? Pig, as a Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal, can help! Pig teaches you how to find the gems buried in mucky situations while maintaining a playful spirit! Delve deeply in Pig symbolism and meaning to find out how this Animal Spirit Guide can support, assist, and inspire you.

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Pig Symbolism & Meaning

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While Pigs have somewhat ambivalent symbolism in modern culture, as a “Pig” reference is often used derogatorily, the ancients saw Pigs in a much different light. Ever wonder why people used Piggy banks for savings? Because the Pig represents abundance, wealth, strength, and never wanting for everyday needs.

Pig symbolism ties closely with that of Boars. Wild Boars are ferocious and tenacious when hunting. Here, Wild Boar is an excellent Animal Spirit Guide to call on when you have elusive goals or want to stop procrastinating. Wild Boar Energy can help you hunt down and catch whatever is most important to you.

Pigs are considered the smartest barnyard Animal. They can be trained with ease, and often faster, than Dogs. Because few people get to spend any time with these amazing creatures, they underestimate Pig’s intelligence. Also, remember, Pig does not care what others think. The creature doesn’t worry about who sees how smart they are or whether anyone acknowledges its intelligence. Pig just keeps plowing forward, living life, and enjoys all its simplicities.

Because Pig’s ego does not yearn to be in the limelight, it accomplishes its goals under the very noses of those who cannot see this beautiful soul. Likewise, sometimes, staying out of the line of sight can help you win the day. Sometimes, it’s way better if others do not know your motivations or ever see you coming.

Pig on the Earth plane and in Spirit Realms depend heavily on their sense of smell. Pigs know full well how to survive even amid a changing world and seasons. The creature can guide you through difficult transformations and renew your zeal. If you’re working with Pig and sense a foul wind, take heed. Similarly, when the winds are fair, step forward with confidence and find whatever you need to nourish your body, mind, and spirit.

Not everyone understands Pigs. On the Buddhist Wheel of Existence, a Black Pig represents one of life’s three poisons: greed, ill will, and delusion. Unfortunately, several religions label the Pig as unclean. Because of these ancient ways of thinking, Pigs can symbolize knowing your worth even when others do not respect you.

Pig Spirit Animal

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If you discover Pig as your Spirit Animal, it may mean that your life is about to flourish, and while this can mean financial prosperity, it doesn’t always have to be the case. The Pig Spirit has ties to the Earth Element and Mother Gaia, so perhaps your garden will grow prolifically, or may you suddenly start making several new networking leads. As this Spirit Animal’s gifts manifest, show gratitude. It is not the time to become selfish or give into excess. Pig says, “You are secure, so share the wealth!”

The Pig Spirit Animal also symbolizes your ability to stand on your own two feet, weather the storm, and come out even better than before. Pig does not allow for self-righteousness, instead calling for a quiet self-awareness for tapping into your ingenuity so you can turn on a dime without falling over.

When Pig roots around in your soul, it can be a sign that now is the time to move ahead! Pigs never root while moving backward, only forward. They have a nose for opportunity. Make the most of the landscape in front of you. If it is not yielding the nourishment you desire, then move on to find another patch of ground to explore.

Pig Totem Animal

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If Pig is your Totem Animal, you’re a person for whom creating your reality comes easily. In Greek myth, Demeter, an Earth Goddess who also holds dominion over fruitfulness, has a Pig companion. The Pig Totem also brings good luck, particularly with money. Some gamblers carry Pig figurines as an amulet with the energetic influences of luck and abundance in mind.

Pigs represent fertility, which can mean giving birth to children, a business, a movement, or a career. If your Totem Animal is Pig, you’re resourceful, honorable, and compassionate. Pig People are without pretense—as are almost all Animals. They use their Throat Chakra and let you know how they feel. With Pig as your Totem Animal, your voice will always be distinctive and clear.

Pig Power Animal

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Invoke Pig as a Power Animal when you want to connect with Earth Magic on a deep level. Pig gives you the stability and grounding to have confidence in times of trouble. When you find yourself in a forest of options, turn to Pig to guide you in the best direction. Invoking Pig Energy as your Power Animal also gives you fierce courage. Pigs are weather harbingers too, so calling on the Animal during life’s storms may improve your standing.

As a Power Animal, Pigs are among the most compassionate, sensitive creatures. Many Pigs are pink, which is the color of unconditional love and compassion. Other Pigs are black and white, with both colors representing Yin and Yang’s symbol, balance, and peace. When your nostrils flare, call on Pig Energy to help you calm down. Ask Pig to guide you away from conflict.

Pigs know the wisdom of getting back to nature. So don’t wallow in self-pity or anger. Let Mother Earth remove the toxins in your life stemming from irksome persons and situations. Eventually, you’ll be smiling and happier than the figurative Pig in the mud.

Native American Pig Symbolic Meanings

A theme of abundance continues with Pig in Native American symbolism. The Native Americans celebrated Pig Spirit as a Teacher: A creature offering lessons on companionship’s joys. Pig, as an Animal Spirit, provides you with the gifts of reason, thoughtfulness, fairness, attentiveness, and security. However, depending on how and when the Pig appears in one’s life or one’s Shamanic Journey, the Animal can also represent a caution against greed, gluttony, and egocentricity.

Pig as a Celtic Animal Symbol

In Celtic tradition, the Pig and Boar both symbolize bravery, riches, and fertility. Many of the stories of Pig in Celtic tales give great power to the Boar’s bristles. Even King Arthur fought a boar with silver and gold bristles, colors usually associated with royalty. The symbolic value of the bristles equates to great power.

Metaphysically, the Celtic system aligns the Pig and Boar with the Fire Element. The elemental correspondence then ties Pig to the Cardinal Direction of South and its energetic influence. Celts also suggested ties between the Boar, bravery, and heroism.

Pig Dreams

In reviewing dream interpretations about Pigs, it’s impossible to separate Pigs from Hogs and Boars. One thing to remember about dreaming is that sometimes an image refers to a play on words. So, the Boar mean something in your waking life is boring you, or you may perceive others as a bore. The word Hog might reference someone monopolizing your time, or it can even refer to a motorcycle: The key here is to figure out what resonates with you.

If the Pig you see in your dreams is clean, the imagery foretells of abundance. Piglets predict children or the birth of a pet project. Pigs in mud may represent a muddy situation from which you need to remove yourself. Or perhaps you or someone you know is lingering in the mire of selfishness.

Learn more about Pig Spirit by reading What Do Pig Dreams Mean on WhatIsMySpiritAnimal.com!

Pig in Astrology & Zodiac Signs

In the Chinese Zodiac, people born under the sign of Pig or Boar are the world’s humanitarians. Pig People will likely always be involved in a charity or helping to make the world a better place in some form or fashion. The Chinese Pig Person has a heart of pure platinum. They love unconditionally, through good times and bad.

Also, in the Chinese Zodiac, The Year of the Pig or Boar is a year of completion. It’s the time to conclude to those relationships, decisions, and circumstances which need closure. The Year of the Pig brings good luck and fertility.

Visit my sister-site, BuildingBeautifulSouls.com, and read all about the Chinese Zodiac Pig.

Far Eastern Pig Symbolic Meanings

In the Far East, Pigs symbolize abundance, happiness, and high intelligence. In Japan, Pigs or Boars symbolizes restlessness and ferocity. They can also serve as symbols of fertility and prosperity.

Pig Symbolic Meanings Key

  • Abundance
  • Good Luck
  • Fertility
  • Forward Movement
  • Forward Thinking
  • Sincerity
  • Determination
  • Agriculture
  • Greed
  • Materialism

11 thoughts on “Pig Symbolism & Meaning

  1. Taryn says:

    Wow. Yes a black pig showed up on my front lawn. Out the blue. Majority of your article so spot on. Thank you.

  2. Rosemary Bower says:

    Thank you so much. I was perturbed to know that my natural thyroid medication came from pig’s thyroid. (Pig thyroid hormone being identical to human thyroid hormone) In taking this medication on a daily basis, I felt that I needed to understand pig’s sacred medicine . I love these qualities as named in your article and feel so grateful to the greater energy of pigness.
    In Gratitide, Rosemary

  3. Mary Walsh says:

    I just went through a special meditation to find my spirit animal. All my life I’ve had an affinity to the wolf, so imagine my initial disappointment when I discovered my spirit animal was the pig. That is until reading this. It has a powerful spirit and the meanings of its spirit resonates fluidly with my soul. Now I’m proud to have the pig as my spirit animal.

  4. Corina says:

    My dad was followed by a pig . What could this mean?

    • Rhoda wanjira Kinyua says:

      This is very enlightening. I wish I know my spirit animal.

  5. Deb says:

    This is one of the best totem animal descriptions I’ve ever read! Wonderful insightful read! Thank you. I live in Florida in a woodsy area. While I was driving home last night I saw up the road what I thought was a black dog running on the side of the road. It was still well ahead of me and he stopped and turned to look at me. As I got closer, I’m thinking what kind of dog is that? All of a sudden, as I got closer, he ran out into the road and it was a very beautiful, shiney, healthy black pig! I couldn’t believe it. He started running around, crossed the road and looked like he was out having fun out in the world! Then a kid came by on a bike and yelled at him and he ran into the woods. I’m assuming he’s somebody’s pet cuz he was so shiney and clean. I was very surprised to see a beautiful pig running around and he looked super happy The words you wrote here are just perfect and on the ‘money’. Thank you for your great work and sharing it with the world! God bless

  6. Cindy says:

    I’ve been getting pig a lot and found this so helpful, and it fits perfectly with my life right now 🙂 Thank you so much for the information. As someone that used to be 7th Day Adventist (Pork is taught to be unclean to eat) I would just like to clarify that they (SDA anyway, as I don’t know much about the other religions) do not see pigs as “worthless”. They just taught that eating animals that are scavangers is not healthy for you. Many found it to be okay to eat modern pig bu in Biblical times, there was mostly wild boar which would in fact eat dead and rotting meat, making them “unclean”. This is also why you see shellfish as “unclean” to EAT. Not that they’re worthless, just not good for you to eat animals that live on other dead rotting meat. I thought I’d clarify that from their religious perspective (though I am not a religious person anymore)

  7. Joseph says:

    Thank you for writing on spirit animals to help guide us!

  8. Leigh Anna says:

    My Spirit Animal is Pig…I was born year of the Pig, I was obsessed with Pigs as a child, asking for one every birthday and Christmas until I was a teenager. I did my first daughter’s nursery in baby piglet angels. I an even a Capricorn and the piggy bank was always a big symbol for my personality. I didn’t find our that Pig was my spirit animal until I was 49 years old…but it just make PERFECT sense.

  9. Rhoda wanjira Kinyua says:

    Very enlightening

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